EASA is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. It is a society of scholarship, founded on January 14th, 1989 at the "Inaugural General Assembly" in Castelgandolfo/Italy of twenty-one founder members from thirteen European countries and one from the US, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. This meeting drafted the Constitution and elected the Association's first Executive Committee (1989-90), chaired by Prof. Adam Kuper, Brunel University.
The Association seeks to advance anthropology in Europe by organizing biennial conferences, by editing its academic journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, its Newsletter and the two publication series. The Association further encourages and supports thematic networks.
EASA is a self-governing democratic body. No member may be elected to office more than twice in succession; the only exception are up to two members co-opted by the elected Executive so as to ensure the continuity of EASA's administrative and publishing functions. The composition of the successive Executive Committees shows the pan-European character of EASA.
Executive Committee 2015 and 2016
His latest book is ‘Fredrik Barth: An intellectual biography’.
A recent book, "An anthropological trompe l’oeil for a common world" (Berghahn, 2013) explores some of these issues by placing description at perpendicular angles vis-a-vis emerging forms of ‘global public knowledge’. I have also edited the books "Culture and well-being: anthropological approaches to freedom and political ethics" (Pluto, 2008) and "The anthropology of organisations" (Ashgate, 2007), as well as a special issue on "Prototyping cultures" for the Journal of Cultural Economy (2014).
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